So three years after hoverboards first hit the scheme, you finally got yourself one. Congratulations! We know you are as excited as Marty McFly was when he rode his for the first time, but there is something you need to do before jumping on your self-balancing scooter and cruising around your neighborhood with the wind in your hair. You need to actually learn how to ride a hoverboard.
When Is The Best Time To Ride A Hoverboard?
Think about riding a hoverboard outside like riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard. You have to remember that you are not a car. In order to ride safely, others need to be able to see you. The best time for that is during the day; and this is especially true when you are first learning. As you get more experienced, you can ride your board outside at all hours as long as you have proper protection and gear.
Even after you're done learning how to ride a hoverboard, you will want to don a reflective vest and blinking lights on your front and back. For extra safety, always ride your hoverboard on the sidewalk.
We suggest learning how to ride a hoverboard in a park or empty parking lot. DON’T try riding the hoverboard inside your home. You will definitely end up breaking something. Riding outside gives you enough room to build up speed as well as the freedom to turn in various directions without warning. It will also give you ample room to fall down without fear of being run over by a car.
In addition to giving you ample room to move around, there are other factors that make riding a hoverboard inside unsafe. These boards are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Consumers have reported that theirs have overheated and combusted. While these reports are mostly centered around the cheaper and generic brands, you should still take caution when using yours. In addition to the battery, faulty wiring has also been blamed for these incidences.
Is There A Need To Learn How To Ride A Hoverboard?
Yes! Do you remember that pivotal moment in your life when you learned how to ride a bike? Think of how hard that process would have been if that bike was an electronic, self-balancing scooter. You cannot simply take your board outside, jump on, and scoot away. You need to get familiar with the hoverboard, and after some practice, you’ll be good to go.
Learning how to ride your hoverboard properly helps prevent injury.
Safety Tips For Riding Your Hoverboard
While learning how to ride your hoverboard can help prevent injury, so can taking your safety seriously. Your hoverboard can reach up to eight to ten miles an hour. While this is not fast compared to a car, it certainly puts your bike and skateboard to shame. Never ride your hoverboard without:
And always ride your hoverboard on a flat surface.
How To Ride A Hoverboard For Beginners
Now that you have figured out where to ride and what safety precautions you should take, you are finally able to learn how to ride a hoverboard.
Read the Instructions
Much like any electronic device, it is important to read the directions before getting started. This will provide you with helpful information like how to turn the hoverboard on and how long the battery will last. Directions also often include helpful tips and tricks to getting the most from your new device.
If you cannot find the manual, never fear! Most can be easily accessed online.
Make Sure the Hoverboard Is Charged
For the most part, electronic devices won’t arrive at your door fully charged. There's nothing worse than getting excited to take your new toy out for a spin only to realize it doesn’t have enough juice to take you anywhere. Before you put on your protective devices and get yourself psyched up, make sure your hoverboard has a full charge.
Press the Start Button
All right, now that you have brushed up on how to use your hoverboard and made sure it is charged and ready to go, the only thing you have left to do is turn it on. Most models have the power button located on the central bottom flap. Once you have pushed the button, you should see LED lights flash on the side of the board. If you model has this option, select beginner mode. Place the device on the ground, and you’re almost ready to go.
Stand on the Hoverboard
Place one foot onto the hoverboard and use that foot to keep the hoverboard in an upright and level riding position. When you feel balanced, lift the other foot off the ground and place your second foot onto the hoverboard.
Our advice to you is to not overthink this. The method of placing both feet on the board may feel weird, but think of it like you are just walking up the stairs.
You should place your feet as far to the side of the hoverboard as possible while still standing in a comfortable position. You want to be in a wide stance with bent knees. This stable position is similar to one a skateboarder takes.
Most hoverboards are designed to electronically balance once you are completely on the board. They may still wobble while you try to get comfortable and find your center of balance.
If you try to stand on the board and find that you are too nervous, try stepping on near a wall. This gives you something to hold on to while mounting the hoverboard. It also provides you with an added level of protection. In case you lose your balance, you’ll have something to hold on to.
Going Forwards and Backwards
Once you have mastered standing on a hoverboard, you will probably want to also learn how to move around. You should only attempt this next step once you are able to stand firmly on the board without wobbling.
The concept behind moving your hoverboard is simple–you lean in the direction you want to move. Lean forward to go forward. Lean back to slow down and reverse. While the concept may be simple, it is often easier said than done. Most of us don’t feel comfortable leaning over when we are balancing on a two-wheeled scooter.
Bending your knees is very important, as that can help you control your speed. And just like driving a car, you will want to slow down with plenty of time to spare. If you don’t, you risk running into the object you were trying to avoid or falling off the hoverboard.
Turning Left and Right
Ok great, you are able to stand on your board and move forward and backward. Now it is time to learn how to turn. Pressure and balance is the key to moving your board in a direction.
Your hoverboard is set up so that each side is independent of the other. This allows you to twist each side. If you want to go left, push your right foot forward. If you want to go right, push your left foot forward.
Getting the hang of turning can be tricky, especially because you have to use essentially the wrong foot. You’ll want to start off slowly, as you can easily get yourself into a full spin if you don’t know what you are doing. Don’t say we didn’t warn you that you can easily lose control while rotating.
Try moving between going to the right and going to the left. Once you get the hang of it, it seems so easy.
Getting Off the Hoverboard
While learning how to ride a hoverboard is key to enjoying your new gadget, learning how to get off the board if just as important. If you do it incorrectly, you can fall off.
The key to getting off the hoverboard safely is shifting your weight to your dominant foot and stepping off the back of the board with the other. Never step off the front. If you step off forward, your front foot will apply pressure to the board and it will make the board shoot forwards. You will then fall off. Never jump off the board. You will hurt yourself.
While this may seem like a lot of steps to learn how to ride a hoverboard, each one is important. Make sure you feel comfortable at each stage of the process before moving on to the next one.
Your hoverboard is a complicated and expensive piece of technology. If you don’t truly understand how riding it works, you are likely to hurt yourself. And once you hurt yourself, you are much less likely to want to play with your hoverboard again.
The last thing we want is for your fun new gadget to spend its time collecting dust in your coat closet. It should be well loved and taken outside so that you can make all your friends and coworkers jealous.